Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Red, White, & BOOM

Red, White, and BOOM!  That seemed to be the theme around our fourth festivities this year.  
The Fourth and summer vacation have always been the highlight of my summer and they are happening all within two weeks of one another.  I've tried to contain my excitement with all this summer fun, but can it get any better than a Christmas Marathon on the Hallmark Channel in middle of all the fun?  I think not.

Our Fourth was an absolutely beautiful day full of sunshine, lake water, and sweet faces.  Which, we feel pretty entitled to after last years dreary celebrations.  To kick it off, we had fruit fireworks for breakfast...and read Cam's "Red, White, and BOOM" book.  We read it over.  And over.  And over again. Which led Cam to yelling BOOM for pretty much the remainder of the day:)

We boated, floated, and stuffed our faces most of the day.  Made smores, played fiddles, and decked ourselves out in neon mickey glow stick ears.  What, you didn't?  

Late in the evening we gathered on the porch for our own personal firework show over the lake.  We had both floating lanterns and fireworks.  Talk about an excited baby.  And I guess we all get a little nervous over how baby will handle the fireworks.  Well, I am happy to say that the Camster did better than expected with the real life BOOMs.  He was pretty much in awe or well, maybe a trance for most of the fun.  

All in all, we had a great Fourth.  It would have been perfect had the Mr been there with us.

Back to stuffing our faces.  We enjoyed an Ice Cream Flag Cake, Boom Popcorn, and Ice Cream Fruit Cones.  You can find the Ice Cream Flag Cake recipe here,   and the Boom Holiday Cookie Crumb Popcorn below.  As for the Ice Cream Fruit Cones, I cut out the fruit shapes with an ice cream cookie cutter with thin slices of cantaloupe and watermelon.  Once the shapes are cut, I used an icing pipe bag to swirl on the fruit dip recipe (Mix 1 package cream cheese+1 container marshmallow creme) and wa-lah!  And since it's the Fourth, I added a touch of the Fourth with some red, white, and blue sprinkles:)

Best kinda firework snack;)

It really works!  And tastes good too...

I hope you all had a wonderful Fourth with family and friends.
I do apologize for the recent hiatus... our internet line has been destroyed in construction!
Should be up and working in no time, but for now...we are enjoying life out of town and on vacation time:)